Meet the man behind USA Marine Imports
USA Marine Imports’ head operations are in Mossman, Queensland, and is the brainchild of Simon Buckeridge.
In my free time I love to take my family out fishing, wakeboarding, and camping on some of the islands. Spear fishing for some fresh seafood and cook on a beach at sunset with a cold drink in my hand alongside family and friends is my definition of paradise.
What inspired me to create USA Marine Imports?
Ever since before I can remember I’ve been into sports and in my childhood spent every moment I could on my dad’s boat. A lot of that time was spent either on, in or underwater, growing my gills, so it’s safe to say I was born for the marine industry”, says Simon.
That love for the ocean has stuck with me my entire life, both in my personal life and my career. I’ve been in the marine industry for 25 years, which all started with my first job as a crewmember on fishing and tourist boats operating in and around the Great Barrier Reef.
I’ve been a qualified master and marine engineer for 20 years now, which has taken me all over the world and provided me with exposure to many marine industries. Some of the marine niches I’ve got experience with include ferry operations, super yachts, cargo, commercial diving, landing craft, pearling, and marine pilotage.
So, based on those previous experiences I know how hard it can be to find a professional business that won’t screw you around with confusing importing details and whopping costs. Through my career I’ve learned that good communication, management, and forethought are the key ingredients to a successful and smooth operation.
Often when I have been in foreign countries or remote areas, boats are imported on site on a regular basis. Good logistics is about having the right team to get your vital asset, parts or stores into your location with the minimum of hassle and cost, while ensuring the condition of your boat is not affected.
Before USA Marine Imports…
When I had my two children, going to sea for extended periods was not an option, as I didn’t want to miss any second of the early stages of my children’s lives.
To generate a shore-based income, I started two businesses simultaneously.
My partner and I brought and operated an accommodation property.
I also started, owned and operated a finance brokers business. This was run for 5 years and then sold once my children became older and I could return to sea.
About The USA Marine Imports Business…
USA Marine Imports is a specialist business dedicated to providing a first-class boat importing service from start to finish for young families, retirees, fishermen, entrepreneurs, and others who have a love of the sea and boats.
Part of our commitment and focus is to ensure that our service goes above and beyond what’s expected from our competitors. This is why all the boats we import are Australian compliant and go through rigorous quality control tests.
You get a complete guarantee from an accredited commercial master and engineer with 25 years of commercial operating experience.
Of course, that’s just a little about me, the team and the USA boats Marine Imports story, which you can find out more about in our FREE Guide, which you can register for here.
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